- Published on Tuesday, 24 March 2015 15:27
DAVID Torrance rehashes the hoary distinction between multilateralism and unilateralism beloved of Tory nuclear apologists ("Losing Trident just too big a blow to 'prestige' obsessives", The Herald, March 23).
The indisputable fact remains that no British nuclear weapon has ever been negotiated away at a disarmament conference. They have never even been put on the table. Hence, as Bruce Kent said, "a unilateralist is a multilateralist who means what he says".
- Published on Friday, 13 March 2015 10:39
The Herald have revealed that the Ministry of Defence put pressure on the Smith Commission to protect Trident. Behind the scenes they used their influence to prevent Health and Safety powers from being devolved. They have also restricted how the issue of the Crown Estate is handled.
Arthur West, Scottish CND chair, said: "It is scandalous that the Ministry of Defence have been manoeuvring behind the scenes to influence the Smith Commission. It is quite likely that Health and Safety would have been devolved were it not for their objections. We may have missed the opportunity to improve safety across Scotland, because Whitehall mandarins are addicted to Trident."
During the referendum campaign the MOD were scared that a Yes vote would have been the death knell for Trident (No Place for Trident)
- Published on Wednesday, 11 March 2015 17:03
Nicola Stugeon will be one of the speakers at Scotland's Scrap Trident rally in Glasgow on Easter Saturday, 4 April. Other speakers include Patrick Harvie and Labour MP Katy Clark. There will be music from Karine Polwart and Penny Stone.
- Published on Wednesday, 11 March 2015 14:48
Scottish CND has welcomed a statement by Stewart Hosie MP on Scotland Tonight. The SNP deputy leader made it clear that any support for a Labour government in a hung parliament would depend on them abandoning their plans for Trident replacement.
John Ainslie of Scottish CND said, "We are glad that Mr Hosie has cleared up this matter. We welcome the SNP's promise not to support any Labour government if it squandered £100 billion on more nuclear weapons."
There had earlier been speculation in the Guardian that the SNP had watered down its stance. However Nicola Sturgeon tweeted, in a reply to the Guardian, "What I actually said is that SNP would NEVER vote for Trident".
- Published on Tuesday, 10 March 2015 10:19
A new report from Malcolm Chalmers of the Royal United Services Institute indicates that the Ministry of Defence (MOD) cannot afford to go ahead with the plans to replace Trident, but they are likely to do this anyway. The squeeze on other parts of the defence budget could see regular army numbers declining to 50,000.
- Published on Sunday, 08 March 2015 17:17
Scottish CND has expressed disappointment at Sadiq Khan's statement today on Radio 5 that the Labour manifesto will include a commitment to renewing Trident. John Ainslie, Coordinator of Scottish CND said: "We are disappointed that the Labour party will commit to renewing Trident in their election manifesto. This goes against the views of many of their own candidates as well as the majority of people in Scotland. In a time of austerity the last thing we should be doing is spending £100 billion on more weapons of mass destruction. Nuclear weapons only make the world more dangerous, they do nothing to make us any safer."